Governor McAuliffe issues Day to Serve proclamation for 2016

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:


WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to make an intentional and united effort to serve their communities; and

WHEREAS, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, approved by Congress and enacted into law on April 21, 2009, requested September 11 to be observed as an annual "National Day of Service and Remembrance"; and

WHEREAS, "Day to Serve" is an annual event that transcends political and religious differences to unite people of all faiths, races, cultures and backgrounds with a shared goal of helping those in need; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to designate each day from September 11 to October 11 in 2015 and in each succeeding year as a Day to Serve in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, between September 11 and October 11, Virginians are encouraged to make a concerted effort to feed the hungry, clean up neighborhoods, and improve communities by recognizing and participating in "Day to Serve" activities; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service will host its annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service on September 30 and October 1 in Roanoke and has incorporated numerous service projects throughout the Roanoke area; and

WHEREAS, numerous service projects are being planned throughout the Commonwealth between September 11 and October 11; and

WHEREAS, all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations arc invited to support and participate in community efforts to collect food, plant trees, clean up neighborhoods and parks, and address critical needs in their own backyards; and

WHEREAS, Virginians will join with residents of Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia in participating in "Day to Serve" activities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 11, 2016, as DAY TO SERVE 2016 in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.